2022 WCQ: Algeria Secure away win In Cameroon

Algeria inflicted a rare home defeat on Cameroon as the 2019 African champions took a crucial 1-0 lead from the first leg of their 2022 World Cup play-off.

Playing in Douala, where Cameroon have been unbeaten since losing a Nations Cup qualifier in 2000, veteran Islam Slimaniโ€™s winner handed Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi the perfect 46th birthday present.

Five minutes before the break, the former Leicester City striker rose to meet Youcef Belailiโ€™s free-kick and power a header past Ajax goalkeeper Andrรจ Onana.

The Desert Foxes โ€“ bidding to reach a fifth World Cup โ€“ host Cameroon, who have been to more World Cups (seven) than any other African side, in the return leg on Tuesday.

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